Lesson from the Rainbow

November 12th, 2013
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WITH THREE GAMES UNDER THEIR BELT, SOME OBSERVATIONS CAN BE REASONABLY DRAWN AFTER THE RAINBOW WARRIORS 2-1 OPENING WEEKEND TOURNAMENT.

FIRST, HAWAII WILL CRUSH WEAK TEAMS. AS ADVERTISED, THE HAWAII BACKCOURT IS QUICKER, BETTER BALL-HANDLERS, AND JUST MORE TALENTED THEN LAST YEAR'S BACKCOURT. COMBINED WITH A STRONG FRONTCOURT, WHEN HAWAII CAN CONTROL THE BOARDS, THIS TEAM CAN DOMINATE THE WEAKER TEAMS IN TRANSITION.

HAWAII LOOKS LIKE A BETTER FREE THROW SHOOTING TEAM THAN LAST YEAR. NOT ONLY THAT, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET TO THE LINE FAIRLY OFTEN THIS WEEKEND, AND IF NOT PLAYING FROM BEHIND, THAT TREND SHOULD CONTINUE.

HAWAII'S BACKCOURT CAN AND WILL CREATE TURNOVERS. AGAINST THE RIGHT OPPONENT, THEY CAN PRESS FULL COURT AND WEAR DOWN OPPONENT'S BACKCOURTS.

SHOOTING AND HITTING THREES MAY BE A PROBLEM. THE BIG GUYS ARE STRUGGLING FROM BEYOND THE PERIMETER, AND ONLY NEVELS LOOKS LIKE A CONSISTENT OUTSIDE THREAT. SHAMBURGER HIT TWO THREES WITHIN A MINUTE IN GAME TWO, BUT OTHERWISE IS NOT SHOOTING WELL SO FAR. VALDES AND SMITH PROVIDE BACKCOURT DEPTH, BUT THE TEAM WILL NEED A HEALTHY SPEARMAN ONCE THE COMPETITION IMPROVES.

SOMEONE NEEDS TO KEEP TRACK OF TIMEOUTS. LAST NIGHT'S MISTAKE WAS VERY COSTLY. THE RAINBOW WARRIORS MADE A SPRITED COMBACK IN THE LAST 4 MINUTES COMING FROM 16 DOWN TO CUT THE LEAD TO 5, BUT A TECHNICAL FOUL BECAUSE SOMEONE MISCOUNTED TIMEOUTS MAY HAVE COST THEM THE GAME.

STANDHARDINGER DOMINATED THE TWO SMALLER TEAMS INSIDE, BUT LOOKED MENTALLY FRUSTRATED AGAINST THE TALLER AND STRONGER AGGIES. FOTU PICKED UP THE SLACK AND WAS VOTED THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER. I VOTED FOR MULLINGS OF NEW MEXICO STATE AS HE LED HIS TEAM TO THE VICTORY. TOO OFTEN IN LAST NIGHT'S GAME, THE HAWAII INTERIOR DEFENSE COULD NOT STOP THE SLASHING DRIVES OF THE AGGIE BACKCOURT. HAWAII STRUGGLED AGAINST A QUICK ATHLETIC OPPONENT WHILE DOMINATING THE LESS ATHLETIC TEAMS.

NOW ITS ON TO MISSOURI. FIRST, I COMMEND GIB FOR SCHEDULING AN OPPONENT LIKE THIS ON THE ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED IN KANSAS CITY, ITS A HOME GAME FOR THE TIGERS AND HAWAII WILL BE A DOUBLE DIGIT UNDERDOG. BUT IT CAN ONLY HELP THE RPI AND THE EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING A TOP 40 TEAM CAN ONLY HELP DOWN THE ROAD.

FINALLY, THE CROWDS WERE GREAT. NOT ALL THAT BIG , AROUND 4500 THE FIRST TWO NIGHTS AND 1500 -2000 LAST NIGHT, BUT THEY WERE LOAD AND SUPPORTIVE. THIS TEAM PLAYS AN UPTEMPO EXCITING STYLE OF BASKETBALL AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE GOING TO THE GAMES FUN.
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Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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21 Responses to “Lesson from the Rainbow”

  1. Seawalker:

    My assessment of the team is also a bit more athletic than in the past. They should be able to content for the conference title this year. Woohoo!


  2. primo123:

    IS THERE A REASON YOU TYPED THIS IN ALL CAPS? IS THAT A LAWYER THING?
    JUS WUNDERIN


  3. lava:

    Those games were very exciting, and the team looks to be exciting for the rest of the year. Looks to be a fun year, and much needed after Chow.


  4. hell bear:

    I had a great time attending the first two games. Might be trading in my season football tickets for basketball ones next year. Great job coach Arnold and the team.


  5. K-Bay:

    AS Primo, Hnited:

    TYPING ALL CAPS is Considered to Be Internet SHOUTING...

    YES! Mistakes were Made --
    Thatʻs a BIG Part of WHY We Lost...

    The Bigger Question will be How Much will we learn from this Lost Opportunity?

    As Long as Gib, The Players and Coaches come up with Ways to Minimize or Eliminate repeating The MANY Mistakes, theyʻll Continue to Improve and Faster....
    BUT ALSO REPEAT or IMPROVE The MANY RIGHT Things

    Meanwhile, when will you invoke "Spell-Check"?
    and Use the Shift Key to EFFECTIVELY Emphasize KEY Points?

    Journalists Have Responsibilities Just Like Radio "Color Analysts", Coaches and Players...

    BTW, Good Article


  6. poorboy:

    Jeff: Thanks for writeup. Very accurate and spot on obsevations of this Year's Rainbow Warrior Team. When Spearman comes back, as healthy as can be, he will make a big difference, he can
    defend the bigger quick athletic wings and perimeter guys, can take ball to the rim, pass the ball, get steal, and at about 6'3" 195 lbs can rebound like a guy that is taller. Smart athlete with good BBIQ and skillset. If Brandon Spearman were playing last night, I think UH wins, by 7 instead of losing by 7. He is just so steady, and heady a player. The heart and soul of team. Cannot wait for him to return, plus, Brandon can be streaky with a better three point shot, then last year. Jeff, the Rainbow Warriors, backcourt, really, so much better than last year. Team plays with a lot of heart, and they can score, averaging over 83 points per game. BWC, time, UH will be in mix for title, as long as they keep improving and stay healthy!


  7. poorboy:

    Jeff , agreed, that timeout call, was costly! However, like Chris Webber of long ago, just have to move on, and Gib never let it happen again, for example in a BWC championship game. It will not happen. I am not sure Jeff, so long ago, when another UH coach did something, got T'd up when his team had chance to win a game, and it cost them. That great UH coach, had to overcome, and he did, ending up to be the All Time Wins leader for UH MBB history! One of my favorite all time UH BB coaches. So Gib will learn, and team will get better!


  8. Hoops O'Hallahan:

    Why are you yelling?


  9. Hoops O'Hallahan:

    You might want to upgrade from your Commodore 64 so you can use spell-check and an operable shift key...


  10. ALLAN:

    THE REASON UH MISCOUNTED THEIR TIMEOUTS IS BCOZ OF WHOEVER IS KEEPING TRACK OF THE STATS; THEY OFTEN ARE SLOW TO FOLLOW UP ON THE REFS WHISTLES, TIMEOUT CALLS BY THE TEAMS, AND WHICH PLAYER IS ONCOURT. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, TRY WATCH THE SCOREBOARD NEXT GAME.


  11. ALLAN:

    I AM REFERRING TO THE SIDELINE OFFICIALS, ETC..


  12. jeffp:

    hey folks, lighten up on the internet complaints. I write this blog for content. Sorry if i dont understand the "" caps" protocol. When you type with one finger, mistakes will happen. If one of you would like to become my editor, please volunteer


  13. Jeff:

    alan you are wrong. I looked at trhe scoreboard when they called their final timeout. It showed one remaining and then none. I commented on the broadcast that i didnt agree with calling your final timeout with 37 seconds left in a two posession game. Then the scoreboard clearly showed no timeouts remaining when the extra timeout was called the following possession.It was a bench mistake that i am sure will be corrected. I do agree that sometimes the stat folks are a little slow, but they are not responsible for keeping track of timeouts on the bench


  14. primo123:

    hey Jeff....not complaining, just asking a question.

    i found your blog interesting last year and i think you have a good perspective on the basketball team.

    keep writing!

    no.......i already have a day job, not auditioning for any others.......lol


  15. primo123:

    ERR.....jeffp I mean.....


  16. oldtimer808:

    Jawato needs to work on his release. His hands are a little low at release and doesn't have enough height on his 3 point shots. If he releases the ball at a higher launch from the center of his body thru his hands and finger tips than he will get that feel back plus with a good follow thru instead of the push action. This team will win over 20 games.


  17. primo123:

    #16

    re: Jawato's shot

    dont you think the ball has a funny, rotation?


  18. K-Bay:

    I would say
    Worse than "Funny"
    UGLY and Unorthodox...
    IF youʻre Hitting 40% Threes as Jawato did Last Year,
    Shoot "Any Way" you want...

    The Problem occurs When The Shooter Hits The Eventual Slump As All Athletes Will...

    The LESS Technically ʻPerfectʻ: Good Balance. Land on The SAME (Exact) Spot you took off; Good Arm Motion, Follow Through, Alignment and ʻFormʻ, Arc and Eye Focus, etc.,...
    The Less "Perfect" , The More Likely The Slump will be "Extended"

    anf The Harder for Teammates and Coaches to Help Adjust/Correct...


  19. poorboy:

    Jawato, those bad ankles, he has no lift, he was streaky, fall back , fadeaway, off balance 3 point shooter, probably Hackman and Enos, better 3 point shooting form, however, poor Brandon,if those ankles are bad all year, his shot and game will be off, unless, he becomes a set 3 point shooter, sort of like a Zane Johnson, or like the late John Molle Jr, same height, yet, John had that great 3 point set shot that helped UH and Riley Wallace get to his first NCAA tourney. Jawato, eventually should get surgery.


  20. Curtis:

    Doctor Portnoy, Board of Regents? Yes! Time out! Aloha, C.


  21. primo123:

    Congrats! on your appointment!......Make us Proud!